Interview preparation guide – part 3


by JobFlex


Part Three of JobFlex’s comprehensive interview preparation guide is up today – We look at questions to be prepared for, answers to give and what to avoid saying!

Question: “Why are you leaving your current position?”

AVOID: Compensation is too low, too much overtime, poor benefits, not enough holidays, management doesn’t know what they are doing, I am not unhappy, I am just shopping in the market, no promotion potential. Better to say: “Current position lacks opportunity to grow and learn professionally”.

POSSIBLE ANSWERS: Limited opportunities to learn. Company lacks a vision of its future. Commute is too far. Been there too long and need new challenges. (For candidates with 4-5 years at one company). Remember: don’t bash your current company or position. You want to be perceived as someone that makes intelligent career decisions and picks good companies to work for.

Question: “What do you like about your current position?” 

AVOID: Flexible work schedule. The amount of holidays I am getting. Company benefits. The vast amount of resources available to me. Not having to deal with the hands-on details. Having my own office.

POSSIBLE ANSWERS: The high level of responsibility I have been given. Continuing learning experience. The juggling of multiple projects. Visibility of the position. Caliber of people I get to work with. Complexity of work.

Question: “What do you dislike about your current position?” 

AVOID: Bad manager. Too much detail. Too much overtime. My job is too unstructured and chaotic.

POSSIBLE ANSWERS: Lack of challenge and responsibility. Pace is too slow. Not learning anything new. Company’s culture is very rigid and lacks an entrepreneurial spirit.

Question: “What are your career objectives and why are you here talking to us?”

This is your opportunity to:

1) Separate yourself from the crowd by demonstrating a unique connection between you and this company and its employees, and most importantly the position itself.

2) Demonstrate a high level of maturity and confidence by articulating a clear vision about where you are going with your career.

 Career objectives?

These days you must have functional career objectives that are not necessarily tied to specific job positions. Examples: Stronger industry knowledge, improved management skills, better business strategy understanding, enhancement of certain technical skills, etc.

Why are you talking to us?

“I have always respected and heard/read goods things about your products or services”, “I have known people that work or have worked for your company”, “Your opportunity helps me meet some or all of my career goals”.